The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Sue Boulter hosted the assembled dignitaries prior to the annual Hereford City Annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service at the War memorial in St. Peter’s Square. An impressive assembly of servicemen and women, and a number of civilian groups drew up under the expert guidance of the Royal British Legion and marched up St. Owen’s Street to assemble around the War Memorial. The service was led by the Reverend Andy Morgan , Rector of St. Peter’s. After the Act of Remembrance, many wreathes were laid and the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, alongside the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, laid wreathes immediately following the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire. The Beatitudes were read (Matthew 5:1-12). The Dean of Hereford, the Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, reminded us in powerful word why it is so important to remember. We committed ourselves to work for peace, heal the wounds of war and work for a just future.
There followed a March past with the salute taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.
Although this morning service did not focus on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending hostilities on the western front in WWI (see next entry), it did provide an added poignancy and there was a large number of people present.